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Psychiatry and Other Enterprises

Personal Experiences and Reflections after 57 Years in the Field of Psychiatry

By Nelson Borelli, MD
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Price: $14.99

Format: Softcover
ISBN 13: 978-1-63413-979-3
LCCN: 2015908558
Trim Size: 5x8
Number of Pages: 100
Publisher: Mill City Press
Publication Date: 12/22/2015

Psychiatry as it stands now, a neurological and drug-oriented enterprise, poses a bleak predicament for those suffering from emotional or existential problems.

Psychiatry’s pursuit of the enterprising route as a means of survival is backfiring: psychiatry is on the brink of extinction as a medical specialty to once again become a stepchild of neurology. A pity because in spite of its pitfalls, many of which are discussed in this book, psychiatry has some good tools for the care of people with emotional problems.

Organized psychiatry lost a chance to achieve solid medical identity after WWII because its leadership refused to analyze itself, to listen to its critics, and to consider a new paradigm. Instead psychiatry sank its head into the ground to continue to rely on State support for its survival.

The possible survival or the new birth of psychiatry would need a new paradigm. A paradigm which priority and main clause would be: separation-from-the-State.

NELSON BORELLI, MD, is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over half a century of experience in academic, hospital, state, military and private practice psychiatry. He is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University; Attending Physician, Emeritus, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; and a Lieutenant Colonel MCUSAR (R).


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